You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.

In the wake of the news that McClendon and Rocker are getting new titles and salary bumps, is anyone really surprised by this?

… Both promotions and the subsequent salary increases that will come with them are the result of competitive offers the coaches received from other programs.

Auburn, Rocker’s alma mater, tried to convince the former Lombardi and Outland award winner to come back and join the staff of new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp on The Plains. He joined the UGA staff just a year ago after working for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans the previous three years.

McClendon was offered the opportunity join Mike Bobo at Colorado State as an assistant head coach and continues to receive overtures from other SEC institutions.

This is why Greg McGarity shouldn’t beat his chest in public about rewarding assistant coaches purely on the basis of performance.  (Unless he’s talking about how they perform in job interviews with other schools, that is.) Because the market is like the honey badger.  It don’t care.

Seriously, it’s not like anyone’s gonna fault him for taking steps to keep valued staff in Athens.  The trick is knowing when the right time is to let the Garners and the Granthams go.  And McGarity’s track record on that looks pretty good right now.

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38 responses to “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.

  1. Scorpio Jones, III

    I am glad everybody is getting paid. Now they can pay me…with wins.

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  2. TimberRidgeDawg

    Market Value and Performance are two separate situations in a hyper-inflated sellers market for coaches.

    Too many programs with too much money saturating the market for a limited supply of elite talent.

    Teams don’t come after your crappy coaches normally (unless they give exceptionally good whiteboard presentations on scheme like Coach Grantham) and cost of replacement for equal value is likely to be higher than sitting on your hands for the raise to market value. Even then, your left with the disruption of change and a perception of being weak.

    Just need to accept that these are the times we live in and adjust. Looks like someone got the picture.

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  3. The trick is knowing when the right time is to let the Garners and the Granthams go.

    Indeed. And the Van Halangers. And Tereshinskis.

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    • JCDAWG83

      And the Richts. Some folks act like we are hanging on to a staff that is filling the trophy case with championship hardware. I’m glad we kept those two, but it’s time for the staff to put up or get gone. No one can whine that our AD and admin doesn’t support our program now.

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      • I like CMR, but I am definitely not an apologist and feel the program has underperformed for the last 9 years. I think CMR shares a lot of the blame for why the coaching staff has been subpar so long (promoting Bobo to OC before he was ready, hanging on to Willie Martinez, Van Halanger and other cronies).

        But it seems like now, finally, for the first time since the 2002-2005 run, we finally have a truly talented coaching staff top to bottom (S&C is still weak though – that hire…. sigh).

        If this group cannot win at least an SEC title in the next 3 years, I think it is time to blow it up.

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        • Irwin R Fletcher

          “have a truly talented coaching staff top to bottom (S&C is still weak though – that hire…. sigh).”

          Just so I got this…the folks making the hiring decisions hit home runs everywhere but clearly hired the wrong guy for S&C? Maybe give it some time, huh?

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          • Might as well hire me for $500,000 a year as a special consultant. Just give it some time, right? See what happens?

            You don’t just make random hires to “see what happens.”

            Shannon Turley from Stanford was interested in the job, and his qualifications are massive.

            We hired a guy with an undergrad business degree, no certifications, who just rode the coattails of the Alabama S&C program.

            I have no idea why our AD refuses to take our S&C program seriously.

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            • Irwin R Fletcher

              Uhhh…actually, no.

              You didn’t work at Alabama as a S&C coach. You don’t have references from current employers saying you would be a good S&C coach. You don’t have members of the current coaching staff who have seen your work and who believe you will be a good S&C coach.

              See..that’s what I disagree with…your premise that all the other hires were well-done and this one was ‘random.’ I’d say that there is a 100% chance that the hire wasn’t ‘random.’ Bottom line is that you have multiple people on the coaching staff who have seen this guy work and who believe he was the best candidate for the job based on the available resources.

              That’s why I say give it time…they think they got the best guy they could get for the $200K per year they had to offer.

              Number 1…you may be correct in assuming if we were willing to spend more, maybe we could have gotten someone with a ‘bigger name.’
              Number 2… I think this idea that we ‘passed’ on Turley is madness. I’m not sure why Turley would leave Stanford for UGA if he didn’t for Michigan…UGA doesn’t have a medical school on campus. It’s strong point isn’t medical research. The Turley interest reeked of trying to get an offer to get a raise…not a real interest in leaving…which is exactly what played out when Harbaugh came calling.

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              • Dawgfan Will

                Yep, just like Foster and Chavis played us for raises before we hired Grantham. Just because Turley applied does not mean he was actually interested in taking the job.

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              • ” Maybe give it some time” is how we ended up with incompetent legacy cronyism like Tereshinski.

                We should have done better here. S&C is too important to hire some kid who went to business school and then hung out in the Alabama weight room for a few years.

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      • You mean the administration didn’t support the program before?

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    So WTF was auburn gonna do with 2 DL coaches (Rocker & Garner)?

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  5. ClydeBoogie

    Correct me if I’m wrong here Senator. Wasn’t the staff Gus Malware put together supposed to be the greatest assembly of recruiters EVER? So now, he’s shipping their butts outta dodge as fast as he can? So, do tell what was going to happen to Rotten-ney Garner if Rocker had decided to go home? My hope for Coach McClendon is that he becomes a great coach who is also a great recruiter. Not a great recruiter and a half assed coach (that would be you Rott-ney) yeah, yeah I know I gotta issue with ol garner. That sell yourself to the highest bidder stuff Rodney does is for the birds or Warbuzzards or whatever they call themselves

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    • Chillout

      What are you talking about, are you saying B Mac can’t coach? Have you seen Todd Gurley? Have you seen Nick Chubb and Sony Michel perform? Chubb is considered the best back in the conference.

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      • SCDawg

        Exactly. Look at the job he’s done, even after everyone complained about a former WR coaching the RB’s and a former RB coaching the WR’s.

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      • ClydeBoogie

        Haha naw not at all Chill i actually think the young fella IS an outstanding young coach. My point is Garner is a career “recruiter” with no shot at being a head coach. Bmac on the other hand while a superb coach and recruiter who could easily one day run a college offense. As well as possibly later in his career become a fantastic head coach (hopefully here at UGA). I think he can be far more than a great rb coach and great recruiter. If, you look at the SEC the great recruiters just jump around to many times and never go any further than that.

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  6. Will Trane

    Think Jones III is right. Are not the alums and supporters due a little return on their investment in “the program” now.
    Good to see Dawgs finish in Top 10. They deserve that ranking.
    Now we all look forward to see the first fruits of the “new pay off” re recruiting and spring game performances of staff and players.

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  7. Chillout

    Feel good about the new staff. I like the Schott hire, and I like not spending a lot on the OLine guy, but using most of your pool money on the 2 coordinators, smart move. Adding a Bama culture to the S & C can’t hurt, I like dumping the speed coach after the receivers couldn’t get separation all year. Like replacing the personnel guy, like canning Coach Van. Retaining BMac and Rocker was a smart move. It really is a great staff now. We actually came out of the Bobo and Friend loss better overall, which I didn’t expect to happen. Kudos to Coach Richt and the Prez for the moves.

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  8. NoAxeToGrind

    Don’t be too optimistic too soon. Better to wait and see.

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  9. Keese

    I’m a little surprised Bobo would try to pull everyone off of Richt’s staff and leave the program and kids he helped coach in that position

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    • Think about it for a sec. McClendon is being pursued by other SEC schools *** cough, Florida, cough *** and is getting the B-M runaround to the point where he’s reluctantly having to think about a move. If you’re Richt, would you rather have McClendon at CSU or an SEC school?

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      • Chillout

        I agree, I think with the pre Bowl rumor going around, and AD not stopping it, guys had to be scrambling to line up their next job just in case. I think Bobo thought Coach Richt and/or the staff were all gone. The signs were pointing that way, AD really played it preBowl poorly, that blunder costs him a few mill in extra pay this season.

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      • Keese

        You believe Bobo was reacting to internal circumstances at UGA? We obviously know CSU wouldn’t be able to match Florida’s pay if BMac was the one looking around (which I do not believe he was). Either a) Things had to REALLY sour between Richt and the administration (before the pay raise) for that to have happened or b) Bobo tried to lure him away

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    • Chillout

      Pretty standard, you shouldn’t be surprised. Coach Richt took FSU staff with him when he came over. Also, if you lose the OC, usually means a new OC will want to bring in his own guys creating displacement for all of Bobo’s friends, so maybe he was trying to help them out a little too, although they certainly were good coaches. Odd that the O Staff stayed in, most new OC’s won’t agree to that. But it worked out good because returning players won’t have to learn new terminology and the staff continuity will be good for recruiting too.

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    • Sh3rl0ck

      Would you offer a friend and former collegue a job you know they have no intention to take if it would help him get a raise from his current employer? I would. Bobo did.

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  10. I think our AD is pursuing change, and that is definitely a good thing. Getting Pruitt (however it happened) has given CMR a chance to win, and I agree basically with all of the other personnel moves as well. We needed a shakeup, though we can debate whether a Belk Bowl win and second place SEC East finish merited all these pay raises. Mcgarity expects championships, and he is certainly eliminating the excuses so many have made for CMR over the years. We are either going to fish or cut bait these next couple of years, and I for one agree with this approach.

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    • … though we can debate whether a Belk Bowl win and second place SEC East finish merited all these pay raises.

      That’s not why the coaches are getting raises.

      My Gawd, some of you people are more stubborn than McGarity.

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      • PTC DAWG

        They refuse to acknowledge the facts…..and why we paid these guys, other teams wanted them….despite the fact that no one ever wants any of CMR’s Coaches.

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      • Dawgfan Will

        The free market is only a good way to determine value when you’re not pissed at your team’s coach.

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    • Chillout

      Prez and Coach Richt are pursing change. Really impressed with the big and small staff changes Coach Richt made, he really is after a championship, and finally given the resources he needed, he responded with some great moves. AD seems to be playing good cop, bad cop, Prez is good cop, AD is bad cop, it’s an old school negotiating tactic that amateurs use, ending up costing him millions, and to add insult to injury, he didn’t get a big bowl win either, and his HC thanked the Prez for the changes, so the AD lost on all accounts.

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    • Sh3rl0ck

      Playoff money + SEC Network money = Spending war on Coaching salaries. The pleasure of working for Richt gets the athletic department a slight discount, but other schools can overcome that with more money.

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  11. SKB

    There is a video on the Alabama’s program on Youtube. They hire so many consultants and motivators. Bama has top of the line weight rooms and facilities, they have indoor practice facility, etc. They even have support recruiters to help coaches.

    All these attracts talent. If you continuously have top 5 recruiting class then you will end the season being top 5 and in the playoffs. We are just not at Bama’s level yet in our AD commitments to the football program. I hope we going making strides to reach that level soon…

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  12. Sh3rl0ck

    I think “knowing when the right time is to let the Garners and the Granthams go.” is Richt’s call and not McGarity’s. McGarity has always claimed that he deals with the Head Coach of each sport and lets them hire their own coaches. I would think he would ask Richt one simple question: “Should I counter offer or do you think you can get an equal or better coach for less money?”. If so, I would love to have heard what Richt said when Grantham got the 5@1M offer.

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  13. Disappointed AU couldn’t get Rocker to come back.

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